Pussy Riot's first post-prison interview is sexist and lame

Pussy Riot’s first post-prison interview is sexist and lame

Dec 27, 2013

Not sure how this happened, or why, but the unshackled Pussy Riot members, who spent two years in prison for staging an impromptu punk protest in a Moscow cathedral, just had their first post-prison interview with “Like, OMG, Russia’s It girl!” And it was awkward, and for all the women of the world, it was offensive and downright sexist.

Yes,  Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot just gave their first post-prison interview to Ksenia Sobchak, known to many as “Russia’s Paris Hilton.” Surrounded by guards to restrain them from killing her,  and drinking cups of tea most likely laced with sedatives to keep them calm, the two Pussy Riot members were interviewed by a Russian socialite who spent an hour talking about vapid shit like styling tips, Beyoncé, or how being “pretty and thick-lipped” made Nadezhda the “like, the popular one, like.”

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At one point, questions relating to a member’s eyebrows were actually being asked, instead of important questions relating to being political prisoners or reinvigorating the riot grrrl movement overseas. None of that was going to be asked by Putin’s personal media puppets, who proceeded to pacify Pussy Riot into the realm of celebrity gossip shows like Extra and Access Hollywood. Imagine, for a moment, Nelson Mandela being forced to have his first post-prison interview with someone as ridiculous and insidious as Morton Downy Jr. That’s what just happened in Russia.

You don’t even need to speak Russian to realize the two Pussy Riot members, clearly being positioned by Putin to look like two silly girls on Russian TV (the opposite of feminist avengers), weren’t happy to be there. For the most part, they laughed off the silly Mario Lopez-tinged questioning by Russia’s Paris Hilton. But when the goofy interviewer decided to read from Nietzsche, talking down to them like they were pestilent children, the two members of Pussy Riot were seconds away from smashing her face with their porcelain tea cups and political prisoner rage.

The awkward interview lasted an hour, and included several cold stares and “nyet” after “nyet,” which means “no” in Russian. I guess this is what happens when the government tells the media what to do. Hold on, has anyone watched Fox News lately?

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